Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Cleveland Dam 'parking lot' on Cliff Edge


And then there were none....

And before the Drumgate was dropped

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Only in British Columbia: Make a Will Week: October 4-10, 2020 Missed it this year? Can you wait until 2021

Make a Will Week

October 4-10, 2020, was Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. Its purpose is to encourage the public to write their will or bring an existing will up-to-date.

Check back in 2021 for confirmation that the next Make-a-Will Week has been proclaimed.

Making a will is now even easier following legislative changes in August of 2020 that allow people who are in different locations to use technology to sign and witness a will.  The changes will also soon give electronic wills the same recognition as physical wills.

If you don’t have a will, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 report for BC Notaries, just 55 per cent of British Columbians have a signed, legally valid and up-to-date will.

A will is the best way to ensure that the people, charities and organizations you cherish most receive the benefit of your estate.

If you die without a will, your estate may not be distributed in the way you would have wished and the costs of administering your estate may also be higher.

Having a will helps ensure that important questions for parents – like who will raise your young children if both you and your spouse die – are answered.

The cost to have a will written depends on the complexity of your situation. Ask a notary or lawyer for an estimate. If your situation is straightforward, you may be able to write your own will using a kit from a store or an online service provider. However, obtaining the assistance of a professional is always a good idea.



Cold Cold Capilano Lake Reservoir  2020-11-11


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Capilano River Cable Pool Fishing, Flagged: "IF YOU DON'T KNOW WETHER IT'S A TROUT OR A SALMON, LET IT GO!"

a castrated ram.
 Inside the open Hatchery are the "Thankfully Missed by Fishermen fish":

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson PC, MP, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard


One other minor detail for the Fisheries Minister to correct forthwith: Metro Vancouver's Capilano River Regional Park has provided flush toilets during the whole of the time of Covid-19, up at Cleveland Dam.

Why are visitors to the Fish Hatchery subjected to Portable Toilets, still.




Women and Men treated alike

The Hatchery is OPEN and the washrooms inside the building have garbage cans blocking the MEN and WOMEN locked doors.    Surely there's enough staff inside the facility to wipe things down each evening/morning.   ..... and the soap dispensers in the two portable toilets are DRY, always.  

Why is there a double standard?  

Monday, July 27, 2020

Metro Vancouver's Capilano River Regional Park modified Covid-19 sign: 'Do Your Part If You ....'

Serious signage

May 8, 2020  Cleveland Dam - Capilano Lake


Relax, try fishing with time to .....
July 27, 2020 Cable Pool @ Hatchery

.... write poetry

Sunday, July 26, 2020



By Robin Mathews, July 2020

When the fake news producing Mainstream Press and Media in Canada want, really, to massage Canadian brains, they (often) choose, it seems, a U.S. person working in Canada the one here at McGill University in Montreal.

The U.S. writer, David Shribman, [JUST WATCH THEM] is given a page of the Globe and Mail [June 20, 2020, p.03] to compare someone (I would say) he obviously knows very little about Pierre Elliott Trudeau, with someone he might know a little about” U.S. president Donald Trump.  He finds in Trudeau someone who acted against an apprehended insurrection showing elegance and proper behaviour while president Trump, threatening to use the U.S Insurrection Act, reveals the very opposite.

Prime Minister Trudeau
David Shribman apparently doesn’t know that during Trudeau’s time at Harvard University (1944-45), more than twenty years before he became Canada’s prime minister and invoked The War Measures Act, Pierre Trudeau wrote an essay in which he foreshadowed his later action.

Indeed, Trudeau makes quite clear in his essay that a leader with power should not worry about legalities and should be willing to use the full extent of his power to gain his ends. [Read Max and Monique Nemni, Trudeau Transformed, The Shaping of a Statesman, 1944-1965, M&S, 2011]

The Nemnis point out that in his long and serious essay sympathetic to political violence Trudeau sets out (p.33) three criteria. The method shall be chosen that is best apportioned to the desired end.   Secondly: The method shall be applied implacably.  And thirdly: That method shall be subject to perfect control.  Trudeau writes: 'the best trick of all is to succeed in licking the opponent at his own game: for cheating is not wicked when the game is to cheat.'   And (p. 34) 'If an action has been singled out as the most appropriate one in the circumstances, it is sheer stupidity to begin belly-aching over its illegality.'

That proposition conveniently invalidates any obligation on the part of the State that might be imposed by adhering to The Rule of Law.[When a top RCMP officer in Quebec, John Starnes, insisted to a radio Canada journalist that all the illegal acts of the RCMP in the October Crisis were ordered from very high up we may see his remark as historic, especially since the RCMP was taking the brunt of the censure for having frequently acted outside the law during the period.]

The Globe and Mail writer doesn’t mention that Trudeau was looking into The War Measures Act months before he employed it.  Strangely though, David Shribman reports John English “former Liberal MP and pretty well recognized as a Liberal Scribe“ as having written an authoritative biography  without mentioning the absolutely key work by Max and Monique Nemni close friends of Trudeau, with complete access to his papers  and determined to tell the truth as nearly as they were able to do.

We might be quite certain that the ragtag members of the FLQ were not about to undertake an insurrection and so Trudeau told Irwin Cotler(ex-Liberal MP) that, in effect, one can apprehend an insurrection though an insurrection is not likely. (Shribman, incidentally, only quotes Liberals for any serious comments on Trudeau’s activities.)  Of course, one can apprehend anything one wants and Trudeau did (pressuring Quebec authorities to arrive at the same apprehension in order to make possible the use of a military and any other available hammer to flatten what was (at core) a legitimate push for Quebec independence.

The actions suggested in Trudeau’s 1944 Harvard essay were put into full play in the so-called October Crisis of 1970.  David Shribman at McGill University quotes John English as saying Trudeau’s action was an appropriate response in the period.    What else is a Liberal supposed to say, that Trudeau messed up completely and was faking a crisis he could then use illegitimate power to end?

David Shribman, I would say, serves the machinery of Fake News admirably even attractively almost as if he knows what he is writing about.

But the matter goes very, very much deeper than David Shribman has the ghost of an idea of perceiving. Madam Laporte attributed her husband’s murder to the Canadian State not to unidentified members of the FLQ. One of the doctors assigned to Laporte’s autopsy refused to sign the Report submitted. And James Cross, British Trade Commissioner (not as Shribman reports a British diplomat), may have been kidnapped by the Canadian State.  If he was not, the RCMP very quickly removed the occupants of the apartment adjoining the one in which Cross was held, (did not release him) and watched and bugged all the activities connected to that address for the whole term of the long so-called kidnap of Cross  during which time, of course, the police forces of Canada (Canadians were told) were vainly searching for Cross and his kidnappers!

But facts don’t matter a lot in the Shribman article, I would suggest. The article JUST WATCH THEM isn’t (apparently) about fact or history. It is, in my opinion, a fake news essay in which a fake reading of Canadian History is used by a U.S. writer in Canada to write about unappealing contemporary events in the USA (making P.E. Trudeau look good so that Donald Trump can be made to look bad.) AND, in the process, the writer [remember this, in my judgement, is fake news] idealizes a person and his actions which honest assessment would probably find underhanded, divisive, evilly manipulative,  dishonest  and even murderous to such an extent that Donald Trump’s actions in comparison might look  say  like exercises in boyish vanity.

Maybe assessing and assessment is what Fake News is all about.  Fake news is in its way a kind of political violence and as Pierre Trudeau wrote the method shall be chosen that is best apportioned to the desired end.

Robin Mathews

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Not a Word

Metro Vancouver's Capilano River Regional Park

Get Out and Enjoy



 Langley Strawberries 


Delbrook's upside down mismatched Urinals

Don't know why

Never noticed 











The Urinals?

No Silly



Sunday, June 21, 2020

50 years ago? SFU photo Does it look the same, now? Haven't been there in ....

Maybe 55 years ago?  Soon after Simon Fraser University was completed .....?  I took this photo, and one other on that Friday night.

Squeaky Clean, and Quiet it was, the buildings and the surrounding 'grounds', two o'clock in the morning .....

with this 120mm film camera 
Kodacolor 100  10 second @ f8

Higher Education in British Columbia and a Plan for the Future, by Dr. J.B. Macdonald

Monday, June 1, 2020

Who Will Bell The Cat? Relatives Of The Murdered In Nova Scotia Might Like To Know. - Robin Mathews

Who Will Bell The Cat?  Relatives Of The Murdered In Nova Scotia Might Like To Know.

By Robin Mathews  June 2020

Dalhousie University Law Professors focussed upon and enlarged the already very large Canadian story of 22 random murders over thirteen hours in Nova Scotia in April by calling upon the (Liberal) premier of Nova Scotia for a Public Inquiry.

They petitioned for a full examination of the (now famous) shooting rampage by 51 year old denturist Gabriel Wortman over thirteen hours on April 18 and 19 in the Portapique area ....  The petition, it would seem, was directed, in part, towards a public "opening up" of the RCMP role in the whole disastrous episode.

RCMP did not ever, for instance, order the Province-wide standard alarm, even, apparently when the suggestion was made to them. Instead, they communicated publicly on twitter, a much more limited means of reaching the public.  Nor, apparently, did the Force inform the public (in any way) that Wortman was driving a replica police vehicle until twelve hours after they received the information. That knowledge itself had it been made widely public suggest observers might well have saved a number of lives.

Behind the story there are hints (probably apocryphal) that Wortman may have had, in some way, a connection or a familiarity with a member or members of the Force.

Whether or not there were mistakes and/or oversights by the RCMP in Nova Scotia, a Public Inquiry into the events would be a reasonable undertaking to provide full accounting to the people of that Province of the horrendous events. But the likelihood of an Inquiry dims as time passes. (Liberal) Premier Stephen McNeil has suggested (on more than one occasion) that the Law professors direct their request to the (Liberal) Prime Minister of Canada since the RCMP is a federal force, and any conclusion of an Inquiry recommending legislation or action of other kinds would require federal initiative. (The petitioners seem to believe that the Province, contractor of the RCMP, has much more power in the matter than the Premier is willing to admit.)

The premier has signified his willingness to have the Province assist a federal Inquiry into the events. (The likelihood that Liberal premier McNeil and Liberal prime minister Trudeau have privately discussed the matter is not beyond possibility.)

It would appear Prime Minister Trudeau has not referred (publicly) to the matter again since his message of condolence early after the event.

At stake, one more time, is the increasingly bludgeoned reputation of the Canada's federal police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. With or without an Inquiry into the fatal hours in Nova Scotia that Force cannot escape both deepening criticism and growing unease among members of the public that the horsemen make up a police force in Canada that can (and repeatedly does) escape the close public inspection to which they, and any legitimate police force, must be constantly subject .

What is The Royal Canadian Mounted Police? It is called the National Police Force which contracts, with some Provinces to fill the role of police there, though many cities in provinces with RCMP contracts also have municipal police forces.

The RCMP is, in my judgement, a political arm of the federal Government-in-Power. (Justin Trudeau met with and appointed the present Commissioner of the RCMP without any visible All-Party or independent, public administrative body involved that I know of.) And so it is NOT a national police force, in fact.  When contracted to a Province it semi-switches loyalty and becomes, I suggest, the political policing arm of the Provincial government in question, wearing at least two hats and it may be as honest or dishonest as that Provincial government.

[When, apparently, Stephen Harper Conservative forces used the RCMP to stage a wholly fraudulent Islamic Terrorist Event at the B.C. legislature grounds in 2013, it blew up in RCMP faces (as certified by Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges of British Columbia). It was a perfect disaster, and an ideal opportunity for the incoming federal Liberal government, through a long Public Inquiry to clean up the RCMP.  BUT the Liberals wouldn't touch the subject because (is it possible?) the RCMP might start talking about the unsavoury political uses they have been put to by Liberal governments?]

A top RCMP officer, for instance, made clear to a Quebec journalist that every crime the Force was guilty of in the (1970s) FLQ Crisis was ordered from very high up in (the Liberal) government. So touchy was that matter prime minister Pierre Trudeau appointed Liberal and friend David McDonald of Alberta to undertake the most expensive Royal Commission (to that date) in Canadian history in order (I believe) to smother knowledge of the actions (and interactions) of the Canadian government and the RCMP in that Crisis.

Canada has never had as political a policing event as the so-called FLQ Crisis in Quebec. So much so that close observers are not sure who (other than the publicly accused, unnamed, unidentified FLQ members) murdered Pierre Laporte, acting premier of Quebec at the time of his kidnap (October, 1970). Was Laporte murdered by  members of the military? By hired assassins? By the RCMP? (Madam Laporte rejected a large funeral, believing Pierre Laporte was dispatched by the Canadian State. Nonetheless, Pierre Trudeau held a major, public funeral for Laporte in the grand Notre Dame Cathedral of Montreal.)

In the provinces of Canada, I am very sorry to suggest, the RCMP may sometimes exist as a corrupt force when contracted.  When the New Democratic Party took government in British Columbia in recent years, they discovered a major use of gambling locations for Gigantic money-laundering operations.  The RCMP of B.C. reported that it didn't have the personnel to cover gambling establishments and so knew nothing of the matter. (It had been re-contracted to B.C. policing for twenty years by the Liberal government that preceded the present NDP government.)

The Law professors at Dalhousie University are correct: a full-scale Public Inquiry into the murder of the 22 Nova Scotians absolutely must he held which is the reason it will probably never be held.


Contact: Robin Mathews

Monday, May 25, 2020

British Columbia Government paper trail on Covid-19 available at the Legislative Library

May 27, 2020

117 Results

not all listed here, because, well just because, there IS the library

and beside this is the source the news media uses and they won't necessarily provide all of the information.   You know, the mundane stuff.

OFAA protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic : a guide for employers and occupational first aid attendants.

Virtual health COVID-19 accessible solution toolkit / Provincial Health Services Authority.


Policy statement : COVID-19 pandemic / BC's Office of the Human Rights Commissioner.

COVID-19 Action Plan : B.C.’s first steps to support people, businesses / Office of the Premier.

Infection prevention and control for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Order of the Minister of Citizens' Services : Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, ministerial order No. M085 / Province of British Columbia.

Child care options for essential services workers during COVID-19 : frequently asked questions / Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Essential services.

Temporary eviction moratorium and rent adjustment notification / BC Housing.

Information for housing providers / BC Housing.

Information for homelessness service providers / BC Housing.


Fact sheet on responding to COVID-19 / BC Housing.


As the situation around COVID-19 evolves, work on the Columbia River Treaty continues.


Protecting BC farmers and farm workers during the COVID-19 pandemic / British Columbia.


COVID-19 sales tax changes : Carbon Tax Act, Motor Fuel Tax Act, Provincial Sales Tax Act and Tobacco Tax Act.


Guidelines for intubation of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients : / .

COVID-19 : where we are. Considerations for next steps / prepared for the BC Ministry of Health.


BC COVID-19 go forward strategy.


COVID-19 information for u-pick operations in BC/ British Columbia, Ministry of Agriculture.

British Columbia COVID-19 daily situation report.

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